One of the upsides to bar prep is how much music I get to listen to while I study. I remember during Bar Prep 1 how Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories came out, and it was JUST AMAZING. I was listening to that album all summer, along with the rest of the world. And it made my studies that much more bearable. This time around, it’s no different. I am listening to some fantastic music through my headphones. In alphabetical order by artist, see below:
- Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars and Depression Cherry. How impressive that this wonderful Baltimore band (shoutout to BALTIMORE!) released two albums this year, pretty much back to back? How cool that both of them are great.
- Deerhunter: AH, finally a new album! I didn’t particularly enjoy 2013’s Monomania, and have been wanting more of the sound they had in Halcyon Digest (2010) and Microcastle (2008). Their new album, Fading Frontier does not disappoint. It still has that spacey melancholic feel that I love, but somehow more upbeat and updated. I like it!
- Destroyer: Nothing of theirs can ever top 2011’s Kaputt, but their new one, Poison Season, is pretty good. I really like the orchestral and big-band sounds.
- Drake: What a Time to Be Alive (w/ Future) and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. These two albums are amazing and so well produced. His style has definitely improved. I haven’t historically been the biggest Drake fan because his previous albums sounded too whiny and soft, but these two albums are so bold and stylish, aggressive yet suave.
- Shamir: Ratchet and Northtown (EP): Man, I love Shamir. I love his voice and his style. Shamir’s music brings out the fun, let-loose side of me. But he is showcases his vulnerability. I love that despite/because of his introverted personal life, he is able to create such explosive and colorful sounds. I can definitely relate to feeling most myself by myself, yet also being a person who can draw attention and create a scene.
- St. Vincent: Her most recent eponymous album is great, as are all of the things she has created, because Annie Clark is amazing and perfect and a genius.
- AM & Shawn Lee: I made a whole post about them here, so I put these guys at the bottom of the list. They’re so good. If you have something against the collaboration of two highly talented award-winning artists…If you don’t like smooth vocals and multi-instrumental/synth-jazz sounds… then maybe don’t check their music out! But if you like that kind of stuff… you’ll love their newest album, Outlines.